Season 10, Episode 6, “Saturday Morning Fun Pit” is one of those episodes that plays with the typical series formula. Taking risks with episodes like this can be hit or miss for sitcoms. Unfortunately, in this case it is missing.
As a result, Richard Nixon enjoys cartoons with the Futurama gang on Saturday mornings. The three segments parody different cartoons from different eras. The first is Bendee Boo and the Mystery Crew. In the segment, they investigate the connection between George Takei’s kabuki theater and a cloning lab used by the Harlem Globetrotters to train for their next game (pitching five clones of NBA legend Larry Bird). It is revealed that Takei tried to pause the game to draw attention to his theater.
The second segment, born out of a riot where the mob complains that cartoons aren’t educational, is titled “Purpleberry Pond.” It sees the gang as adorable characters living in a happy purple land. When an orange character named Lord Loquat arrives, they learn the importance of not judging others. They also preach healthy eating, even though every variety of cereal they advertise is loaded with sugar.
The final segment, “GI Zapp,” is another segment the mob calls for being too violent. The segment sees the crew, led by Zapp Brannigan, engaged in a violent fight that Nixon tries to edit live with a special device in his office. He changes characters from mercenaries to “patriotic peacekeepers” and changes dialogue like “We’re going to blow ’em straight to He – CHURCH!” Ultimately he gives up and cuts to a PSA. While overall it’s a lot of fun, the episode has become notorious among fans for one big reason.